Entries by Adam Ford

Speaker: Drew Berry

Drew creates complex biomedical visualisations for the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI). Berry‘s animations have been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the National Museum of Australia and, most recently, as part of SIGGRAPH 2003 in San Diego, USA. His animations have also been included in numerous documentaries for Channel 4, PBS and ABC. […]

Abstract: The Abolitionist Project – a Hedonistic Imperative – David Pearce

Reproduced from Abolitionist.com INTRODUCTION This talk is about suffering and how to get rid of it. I predict we will abolish suffering throughout the living world. Our descendants will be animated by gradients of genetically preprogrammed well-being that are orders of magnitude richer than today’s peak experiences. First, I’m going to outline why it’s technically […]

The Bio-intelligence Explosion – David Pearce

The Biointelligence Explosion How recursively self-improving organic robots will modify their own source code and bootstrap our way to full-spectrum superintelligence by David Pearce (2012) reproduced from biointelligence-explosion.com “Homo sapiens, the first truly free species, is about to decommission natural selection, the force that made us…. Soon we must look deep within ourselves and decide what […]

Abstract: Future-Proofing Our Thinking – Peter Ellerton

Thinking well is a complex business.  Many thinking skills need to be learned and developed, and not all of them are well articulated or clearly identified in curricula; even then, the frames in which we think are often created by others, sometimes accidentally, limiting the range of possible solutions and inhibiting our effectiveness.  Our thinking, […]

Abstract: Ingredients of Super-Intelligent Machines – Marcus Hutter

The dream of creating artificial devices that reach or outperform human intelligence is an old one. Most AI research is bottom-up, extending existing ideas and algorithms beyond their limited domain of applicability. In contrast, the information-theoretic top-down approach (UAI) investigates head-on the core of [general/rational] intelligence: the ability to succeed in a wide range of […]

Abstract: Introduction to the Technological Singularity – Marcus Hutter

The technological singularity refers to a hypothetical scenario in which technological advances virtually explode. The most popular scenario is the creation of super-intelligent algorithms that recursively create ever higher intelligences. It took many decades for these ideas to spread from science fiction to popular science magazines and finally to attract the attention of professional philosophers […]

Speaker: Peter Doherty

Professor Peter Doherty – Nobel Laureate Doherty‘s research focuses on the immune system. His Nobel work described how the body’s immune cells protect against viruses. He and Rolf Zinkernagel, the co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, discovered how T cells recognize their target antigens in combination with major histocompatibility complex (MHC) […]